May 3, 2016 • Behind The Scenes, PEOPLE
Mother’s Day Minute: Heather Whitney Rosenfield
In honor of Mother’s Day, we asked a few our in-house moms to talk a bit about the holiday and share some pearls of motherly wisdom. We already intro’d you to Andrea Hyde, our savvy CEO. Now meet Heather Whitney Rosenfield, Director of Design Development at Draper James and mother of four boys:
Name: Heather Whitney Rosenfield
Role at Draper James: Director of Design Development
Hometown: St. Helena, CA
Current City: Los Angeles and Ross, CA
Children: Finley, age 15; Truman, age 10; Alden, age 5; Winslow, age 1
Favorite Mother’s Day tradition: Since we moved to Northern California six years ago, we started a tradition of going on my favorite hike and having a picnic afterwards by the lake. The best part is I don’t have to do a thing—my husband and the kids go the store, make everything, and even clean up. Their real gift to me is that they know the drill and don’t even complain or try to get out of spending the day with me!
If my family really wanted to ‘wow’ me this Mother’s Day, they would. . . Let me sleep in, bring me coffee and the paper in bed, and let me read at my leisure—and my husband wouldn’t take any sections out before handing the paper over! That sounds like a perfect morning!
My Mother’s Day wish: Happy and healthy children. Same wish every year and I’m sure for the rest of my life.
Lesson my mother taught me that I’m passing down to my boys: Always appreciate the nature and beauty around you. And don’t take anything for granted.
Favorite way to spend alone-time with each of my children: Morning time cuddles in bed with Winnie—the sweetest. Going on walks with Alden and letting him point out every single animal species he can find and listening to his favorite animal facts. Golfing with Truman. I am a terrible golfer, but it’s such a great joy to see him exactly in his element—pure joy and happiness. Going out to dinner alone with Finley, and giving him time and focus and getting to know him and his views as a young adult.
What my boys know about my work: I think the kids see that it’s important to work hard, love what you do, and do the best you can. They also see that I’m balancing a lot—that I can’t make every game, that I sometimes forget their lunch, and that I am far from perfect. That, in fact, may be the best lesson of all for them!